If you look around at vehicles on the road in Memphis and throughout the mid-South area, you will likely see many temporary/drive-out tags. The reason for such an increase in temporary tags could potentially be due to the pandemic and supply chain issues affecting the manufacturing of new vehicles. The shortage of available new vehicles has led to many consumers opting to purchase used cars.
Unfortunately for purchasers, some used car dealers will provide expired, or even fake, temporary/drive-out tags while they are waiting to obtain legal title to the vehicle they have already sold. In turn, the new driver of the vehicle runs the risk of being pulled over and charged with a violation of vehicle registration, or even altering, falsifying, or forging title and/or plates. Some people will purchase false tags to avoid paying vehicle registration charges. Regardless of if it was intentional or not, if you are driving with false or altered tags you can be charged with a felony. In Tennessee, such a crime is a Class E felony, punishable by up to 1-6 years in jail and up to a $3,000 fine.
To learn more about the increase of false tags in the Memphis area check out this report by WREG Channel 3 Memphis.
The best advice for anyone purchasing a vehicle from an individual or used car dealership is to demand that the transaction be put in writing. Buyers should also save any texts or email correspondence they may have with an individual or company regarding the purchase of the car. Collecting and saving this evidence will help your case should you be charged with a crime for defective tags. If you have unknowingly been provided false tags by an individual or auto dealer and charged with a crime, contact a member of our criminal defense team by calling 1(901)526-9494 or email Attorney Brian Chiozza, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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